Rabbi Anchelle Perl walked on stage to open the Chanukah Telethon on Long Island Sunday night. Perl told viewers that he knew the economy was tough, but that “Americans are good people who will find it in their hearts once again this year to donate to this important cause.”
10 million people across the Tri-State area tuned into the Chanukah Telethon, broadcast on television channel 55 and on COLlive.com.
This annual broadcast is a beacon of ‘Yiddishkeit’ – spreading the warmth of Torah and tradition while demonstrating the most essential quality of Judaism … helping those in need.
This year, major stars Shimon Craimor, Dovid Gabay, Yehudah Green, The Dancing Rabbis, DRS Boys High School Choir, Shlock Rock’s Lenny Solomon and the Neshoma Orchestra took center stage on behalf of the Chabad’s outstanding array of social service programs. They were joined by the leaders in the industry, civic and corporate communities led by Nassau County’s Executive Ed Mangano.
Award winning docu-dramas highlighted Chabad’s efforts in Domestic Violence Prevention, the homeless, the jobless and the unaffiliated.
Rabbi Perl is well known to people of all faiths in this region; as a religious leader and philosopher, and as a philanthropic go-getter for the organization he directs.
Rabbi Perl stated objective is to “maintain a proactive approach to community building, uplift society, educate young and old to the beauty of heritage and roots – to communicate the good so inherent in all human beings.” Toward that end, Rabbi Perl developed the annual “Good Deed Awards for Long Island’s Teenagers” in recognition of young people of all races and religions for the positive role and example of goodness to society they have demonstrated.
After serving as a Commissioner of Human Rights in Nassau County, he is now an active force on the Nassau County’s Task Force on Domestic Family Violence and Abuse.